Technological achievements have long propelled the healthcare industry forward, with advancements in surgical robotics and electronic health records enhancing care for today’s patients. The current medical landscape is evolving as a result of the Internet of Things (IoT) which is helping to improve the patient experience, streamline operations, reduce human errors, and decrease costs. In healthcare, IoT devices commonly include wireless technologies that clinicians leverage to collect and analyze actionable patient data, then use this data to create better and more specialized treatment plans. IoT devices hold great promise for the future of medicine. Here are three predictions for the Internet of Medical Things.
1.) A Network of Integrated Devices:
Current IoT devices work in a self-contained, independent fashion, but the trend is toward an entire network of connections. The network will integrate a catalog of devices including sensors, wearables, mobile apps, smart pills, and measurement tools like digital scales and thermometer, all gathering and transmitting data into a central system for deeper analysis. With access to a plethora of real-time data that can be connected to electronic health records, clinicians will be able to form proactive strategies to improve patient care.
2.) Faster, More Accurate Diagnoses:
Smart, Internet-connected wearables will help physicians improve the speed and accuracy of diagnoses. Performing tests to deduce the source of an illness involves some trial-and-error and can prove time-intensive, which not all patients can afford. Wearable health monitoring devices can remotely and continuously feed large quantities of data to a hub for manual or automated analysis. The analysis and insights will provide healthcare practitioners with a holistic picture of a patient’s health and may even help non-invasively diagnose an illness in real-time, which could mean the difference between life and death for some.
3.) Better Illness Prevention and Treatments:
The best cure is prevention, and wearable health technologies will allow clinicians to help patients develop personalized illness prevention strategies to improve their overall health. When treatment is necessary, expect healthcare providers to increasingly recommend smart pills, smart inhalers, smart blood glucose monitors, and other smart ‘connected’ medical devices that can lead to better adherence rates when compared to their stand alone counterparts.
The Internet of Medical Things is revolutionizing healthcare, and Sunrise Labs is at the forefront of product development for medical devices and life science instrumentation. Our approach for developing connected devices includes architecting a solution with defined requirements, cloud connectivity and database creation, app development, and addressing cybersecurity risk through a comprehensive risk assessment.
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